Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Facilities & access
Contact details

Opening hours

Main car park and toilets open 8.30am to 8.30pm.

We do not allow camping or overnight stays in the forest or any of the car parks in Whinlatter Forest.

Weekdays

Monday
Visitor Centre and Forest Shop 10am - 4pm
Cafe 10am - 4.30pm
Bike Hire 10am - 5pm
Go Ape Closed
Tuesday
Visitor Centre and Forest Shop 10am - 4pm
Cafe 10am - 4.30pm
Bike Hire 10am - 5pm
Go Ape Closed
Wednesday
Visitor Centre and Forest Shop 10am - 4pm
Cafe 10am - 4.30pm
Bike Hire 10am - 5pm
Go Ape Closed
Thursday
Visitor Centre and Forest Shop 10am - 4pm
Cafe 10am - 4.30pm
Bike Hire 10am - 5pm
Go Ape Closed
Friday
Visitor Centre and Forest Shop 10am - 4pm
Cafe 10am - 4.30pm
Bike Hire 10am - 5pm
Go Ape Closed

Weekends

Saturday
Visitor Centre and Forest Shop 10am - 4pm
Cafe 10am - 5pm
Bike Hire 10am - 5pm
Go Ape 9.30am - 4pm
Sunday
Visitor Centre and Forest Shop 10am - 4pm
Cafe 10am - 5pm
Bike Hire 10am - 5pm
Go Ape 9.30am - 4pm

How to find us

How to find us
Whinlatter Pass, Keswick
Sat Nav Postcode: CA12 5TW
By Car

From Keswick, take the A66 west towards Cockermouth. At Braithwaite village, turn west onto the B5292 for Lorton. Follow Whinlatter Visitor Centre signposts for approximately 3 miles

 

Or go car-free

By Public Transport

We welcome car-free visitors and offer free admission to those arriving by public transport or bike – plan your journey at Good Journey.

During the summer months there is a bus service between Keswick and Whinlatter which gives you the option of travelling via the beautiful Honister Rambler route, route number 77/77A.

Route dates and times may vary so please check the Stagecoach timetable before you travel.

OS Grid Ref
NY209245

54.609302817099, -3.2285938439344

Parking and prices

The main car park is on a 'Pay on Exit' system.

The are 2 pay stations situated in the main car park and 1 by the Visitor Centre.
The main car park is open 8.30am -8.30pm

Charges: if you stay for less than 20 minutes, parking is free. Otherwise, the charges below apply.  

The machines take coins (no change given), credit cards or you have up to 48hrs after your visit to pay online at Park with Ease. The machines are being cleaned regularly, but please try and pay online to avoid touching them. Please bring hand sanitiser with you to use after you have touched the machines.

Parking charges apply at all times to all vehicles.

If you arrive car-free there is no charge

Parking Charges

Parking charges
Up to 1 hour £2.20
Each additional 20 minutes £0.50
All day £8.00

Additional information

Regular visitors can save money by becoming a Member - Find out more about our membership offer
Number of accessible parking spaces: 4
Card payments accepted
Coaches/Minibuses welcomed
Pay on exit system

Facilities and access

We do not allow camping or overnight stays in the forest or any of the car parks in Whinlatter Forest

Visit England We're Good to Go green tick

For more information on planning your visit, take a look at our accessibility information:

Assistant dogs welcome
Cafe
Dogs allowed
Picnic area
Play Area

Contact details

Welcome to England's only true mountain forest

Whinlatter is home to stunning views, fantastic walks, exhilarating mountain biking, rare wildlife and adventure play.

Set within the Lake District, a World Heritage Site, Whinlatter has unrivalled views across Bassenthwaite Lake, Derwentwater and Keswick. It is also home to the longest purpose-built mountain bike trails in the Lake District. 

The Lakes are a dramatic and unique landscape which has been formed through man’s activities, such as forestry and land management. This landscape has inspired many of the world’s greatest artists, writers and thinkers.

We do not allow camping or overnight stays in the forest or any of the car parks in Whinlatter Forest.

What's on

Forest event
Saturday 17 December
Start 6pm
Meet at Visitor Centre

A 10k Head Torch Trail Race within Whinlatter Forest. The night-time adds a whole new dimension to trail running: it is both wild and peaceful at the same time. A fully marked course, this is ideal for trail novices and experienced runners alike. This is part of a series of 3 events, with the other two at Chopwell Woods & Hamsterley Forest. You can enter all 3 or just the stand alone events. 

The feeling of a head torch trail run in the woods is unique. The night-time adds a whole new dimension to trail running: it is both wild and peaceful at the same time.

Your senses become razor sharp and you become aware of your heartbeat pounding in your chest.  You may hear the hoot or screech of an owl, or the rustling of woodland animals in the undergrowth. In the darkness of the woodland canopy the light from your head torch will be reflected back by the eyes of deer and other creatures peering out from the safety of the deep forest.

Our Moon Runner head torch races take place in the winter months when a crisp ground frost is common. Beams of moonlight breaking through the trees can create a magical atmosphere while you run along the sparkling surface. You can experience a definite sense of isolation and remoteness, but with that come feelings of exhilaration as your feet react to changing terrain, and excitement as your senses adapt to the different sights and sounds in the darkness.

The route will be fully waymarked and is ideal for trail novices and experienced runners alike.

Your entry and what’s included:

A branded event mug/medal Free, downloadable event pictures. a packet of wildflower seeds. Prizes for the top 3 male and top 3 female finishers, 1st V40, V50 and V60 Head torch prizes from Ledlenser, Run Unlimited, FIT Performance and Sports Injury Clinic, and Vaga. Free future race places for all category winners.

Buy your real Christmas tree from Whinlatter Forest, Keswick this year for a wonderful experience and the highest quality, British Christmas trees.

From 26 November daily 9.30 - 4pm. Tree sales are located along the forest road behind Cyclewise, to the rear of the Visitor Centre.

What makes our Christmas trees so special?

Quality: Our high-quality trees are Grown in Britain certified - so you can be proud of your superior quality tree Experience: Choose your tree from a beautiful forest location to kick off your Christmas celebrations  Expertise: With 100 years of forestry experience, our experts can help you choose the right tree for your home Support your forests: The money raised from your Christmas tree helps us maintain the forests for wildlife, for you, and for future generations

Christmas activities in our forest

Wellies crunching through twigs and leaves. Steaming hot chocolate and a cheek-warming tea. Walking trails and special memories. It’s more than a trip to pick up your Christmas tree!

At Whinlatter you can experience a full day out with your loved ones, take a crisp winter walk along one of the many forest trails and treat yourself to a warming drink from Siskins Cafe before choosing the perfect tree to take home.

 

Our trees 

Size

Spruce

Pine

Fir

4ft 

£20

£31

£31

5ft

£24

£36

£36

6ft

£28

£41

£44

7ft

£37

£46

£55

8ft

£48

-

£70

Potted tree (Nordman Fir or Norway Spruce) - £35

Tree stand - £30

 

Whether you've just bought your first bike, or you're looking for your next adrenaline fix, Whinlatter Forest puts the mountain back into biking, with climbs to amazing views and rewarding descents.

Due to high demand for hired bikes, we advise that you book in advance of your visit by contacting the Cyclewise team at Whinlatter via their website.

From meditation & mindfulness sessions to outdoor fitness for mums, discover a wide range of instructor-led fitness and wellbeing classes at Whinlatter Forest. 

Family Forest Bathing: A private forest bathing session tailored just for you and your family, connecting with nature and each other. Includes tea ceremony (or hot chocolate and marshmallows). Suitable  for all ages. Session time 2.5 -3 hours. £150 per family (up to 6 people.

Couples Forest Bathing: Wanting something unique and special to do together? How about a beautiful shared experience exploring Mother Nature, experiencing her delights and wonders. Guided in a gentle and considerate way to give you space to nourish yourself and each other. Includes tea ceremony. Session time 2.5 hours. £120.

Booking at www.lakelandwellbeing.co.uk for both activities.

Nearby forests

Dodd Wood from Bassenthwaite Lake

Dodd Wood is a fantastic place to get some stunning views of the northern Lake District. The network of walking trails will take you deep into the woodland and walk to the top of Dodd Summit for views across the fells.

You may also see red squirrels in the wood throughout the year.

Autumnal landscape with lake and mountains in background

Breath-taking views, stunning artwork and endless forest trails, come and discover all that Grizedale has to offer!

Ennerdale lake

Lying on the north western edge of the Lake District National Park, Ennerdale is home to some of England’s most vibrant natural environments and one of the longest running wild land restoration projects in the UK!

Rising abruptly out of the coastal plain of West Cumbria, Ennerdale is one of the most remote of Cumbrian valleys. There is a sense of tranquility, self-will and wildness, a feeling more of Scotland or Scandinavia.

View of Pillar from Blengdale Forest viewpoint

Discover a variety of outdoor experiences at Blengdale Forest, from a gentle walk up the valley of the River Bleng to a cycle ride around the forest roads. 

From the highest points, Blengdale offers wild views of Wasdale, Haycock and the West Cumbrian Coast.

For some light refreshment stop off in Gosforth and sample the delicious Gosforth Bakery's pies, famous throughout Cumbria.

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